Is Your Child Ready for Sleep Away Camp?

Is Your Child Ready for Sleep Away Camp?  Can He Handle an Overnight Camp?camper

When is the right time to send your child to sleep away camp? Here are four signs your child may be ready for an overnight camp.

  1. Your child expresses an interest in going to camp. This is an easy sign that lets you know that your child is ready. As he develops peer relationships in school and begins spending more time away from you with his friends, this may be the time when a child verbalizes his desire to go away.
  2. Your child is able to spend longer periods away from you without becoming upset. At younger ages, we often see that kids express a desire to have sleepovers with friends, but once the child is at their friend’s home, some anxiety may develop and he may want to go home.  Wait until your child can have sleepovers without being upset or returning home.
  3. Your child gets along well with peers. This may seem like a no-brainer, but if your child is displaying any type of behavioral problems at home or in school, most likely these will follow him to camp. It may not be a good idea to have him go away, as camp could exacerbate the issues. Kids need to be able to get along with others; this is a major part of their growth at camp.
  4. Your child is able to follow directions from leaders. There are so many wonderful things that your child will learn at camp. Being able to follow directions, respect counselors and group leaders is a necessary skill in order to be away from home. Often times, kids who are away from their parents may think they have free reign to do and say whatever they please, so it is important to discuss this aspect with your child and make sure he is capable of handling it while he’s are away from your watchful eye.


Figuring out the right time for your child to attend sleep away camp may be tricky, but paying attention to signs of readiness can make this process easier. Your child may still feel homesick in a new environment. This is normal and should pass as he becomes accustomed to camp life, which is a rewarding and growth producing experience.


------------------
Jennifer Kelman has a BA in Sociology, a Masters in Social Work and has worked with children in a variety of psychiatric and medical settings. She is the author of the children’s book “Mrs. Pinkelmeyer.”

Published: December 2011




Famed Coding Camp Hits San Diego Shores

Famed Coding Camp Hits San Diego Shores

ADVERTISEMENT – Leading Coding (programming) for kids and STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, Math and Engineering) education innovator – CodeREV – has expanded its popular tech summer camps to ge . . .

Read more

Teens: Volunteer for Summer Camp at theNAT

Teens: Volunteer for Summer Camp at theNAT

Like many high schoolers, I am required by my school to do a minimum of 50 hours of community service. Community service projects like school clean-ups can be awful and boring, but the summer of my ju . . .

Read more

Benefits of Learning to Sail

Benefits of Learning to Sail

Sailing is an incredible experience that has lifelong value and rewards for kids. Consider sailing lessons and camps as you plan your child’s summer activities.1. Time outdoors. Sailing is an ideal . . .

Read more

12 Ways to Make Summer Learning Fun

12 Ways to Make Summer Learning Fun

Help your child retain reading, writing and math skills this summer without making it feel like work.  Incorporate learning into daily errands and interactive activities found in your own backyar . . .

Read more

Junior Lifeguard Programs

Junior Lifeguard Programs

Swim to Ocean Safety: Have Fun this Summer with San Diego Junior LifeguardsFind local Junior Lifeguard programsEvery summer thousands of kids in Junior Lifeguard uniforms gather at San Diego beaches f . . .

Read more

Time For Camp

Time For Camp

Summer’s almost here! Time to plan a summer of fun for your kids. Find the perfect summer camp for your artist, athlete or animal lover in our listing of traditional and specialty day and reside . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!